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Seven Arrested in Rochester Prostitution Sting

Ricardo Rivas, Timothy Vonneupert, Nicholas Severson, James Bacon, Elias Rakan, Richard Herting, Todd Bosell Photo: Olmsted County Adult Detention Center. Ricardo Rivas, Timothy Vonneupert, Nicholas Severson, James Bacon, Elias Rakan, Richard Herting, Todd Bosell

December 05, 2017 10:39 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- Seven men were arrested in Rochester on Monday, December 4 after a prostitution sting, according to Rochester Police Captain John Sherwin. 

According to Capt. Sherwin, the Rochester Police Department's Criminal Interdiction Unit placed an ad on backpage.com that showed a picture of a female in lingerie with the caption "no cheap guys." 

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Capt. Sherwin said seven men responded to the ad and agreed to meet up with the "prostitute." Instead, they met Rochester police officers and were arrested. The arrests happened at a confidential place of business in Rochester. 

The seven men arrested are: 

Ricardo Rivas - 44- Mantorville

Timothy Vonneupert - 37- New Prague

Nicholas Severson - 39 - Pine Island

James Bacon - 31 - Pine Island

Elias Rakan - 32- Rochester

Richard Herting - 66 - Fort Meyers, FL

Todd Bosell - 37 - Marblehead, MA

All seven men are facing gross misdemeanor charges relating to prostitution. 


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